Kilembe Mines Hospital Closed After Floods

Kilembe Mines Hospital in Kasese has been temporarily closed following the Wednesday floods.

one of the wards doused in water
one of the wards doused in water

The heavy downpour that started on Wednesday morning forced water downstream to villages in low-lying areas.

The Medical Superintendent, Edward Wafula says that the facility will remain closed until rehabilitation on some of the facilities like the medical store, kitchen, surgery rooms, private wards, and the drug store, which were all washed away during the floods, is done.

This is one of the hospital's private wards
This is one of the hospital’s private wards covered in mud

Wafula told Uganda Radio Network that some of the patients have been transferred to Kasese Municipal health centre III, Bwera hospital and Kagando hospital.

Several relatives of the patients were seen at the compound of the hospital carrying the patients to ambulances and other vehicles, to be transferred. They were accompanied by some medical workers of Kilembe hospital.

The hospital's staff quarters were not spared by the over flooding River Nyamwamba
The hospital’s staff quarters were not spared by the over flooding River Nyamwamba. Only one house was left standing

Francis Muhindo, a resident of Rugendebara Sub County, says that he had brought his wife to give birth. He says that he is worried about her health and that of the baby as she has to travel a long distance to Bwera hospital, where she has been transferred after the floods.

Muhindo says that the hospital management should have set up temporarily structure at the hospital to handle emergency cases.

On Wednesday, medical workers at the hospital struggled to evacuate the patients who included pregnant women and children from the wards that were flooded. Some patients were removed from the surgical, children and emergency wards.

Meanwhile the bodies of the four people who were killed by the floods have been recovered.

In a telephone interview, Godfrey Kabyanga, the Mayor Kasese Municipal Council identified the dead as Paddy Karunsi, Gad Mbusa, a teacher at Kakiri Primary School identified as Kibuzu and Grace Kabugho, all residents of Kanyaruboga in Bulembia division in Kasese Municipal Council. The four bodies were found trapped in the mud.

most of the roads were impassable
most of the roads were impassable on Wednesday

According to Kabyanga, they are searching for two residents from the same area, who are still missing.

This morning, workers of the Red Cross from Kasese and Kabarole erected tents for the displaced people who have temporarily camped at Kisementi in Kilembe Township.

Elijah Muzigiti, the chairperson Kasese Red Cross Society, told Uganda Radio Network in a telephone interview that more than 900 people have been displaced by the floods. Most of the displaced are from Kyanjukli and Kanyaruboga villages in Kasese Municipal Council.

Red Cross spokesperson Catherine Ntabadde confirms that at least 432 homes have been affected by the floods. 200 of these homes have been completely destroyed.

On Wednesday, the floods hit the district after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, submerging several homes.

The floods cut off the Kasese-Fort Portal Road, leaving many vehicles and people stranded.

Several houses in areas along the banks of River Nyamwamba were submerged, leaving their occupants stranded.

Parts of the Nyakasanga Airfield and the neighbouring playfield, all in Kasese town were also cut off.

River Nyamwamba, which is fed by melting glaciers from the Rwenzori Mountains, is the main source of water for both agriculture and domestic, including the Mubuku Irrigation Scheme.

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